Archie Manning leaves playoff selection committee

Irving, TX ( – Archie Manning has decided to take a leave of
absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee for the
remainder of the 2014 season because of health reasons.

Manning said he would be unable to travel for the selection committee meetings
because he will undergo surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he is
experiencing while walking and moving around.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was
looking forward to the opportunity ahead,” Manning said in a statement Monday.
“My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as
soon as possible.”

Manning was one of the 13 committee members that will select the four teams
for the college football playoff. He will not be replaced and the group will
continue with only 12.

“We will miss Archie,” said College Football Playoff executive director Bill
Hancock. “He has such a great knowledge of college football and history with
the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all
the best and look forward to his return in 2015.”

The committee has been meeting since November 2013 and will begin to issue
rankings on a weekly basis next Tuesday. The selections of the four teams for
the playoff will take place Dec. 7.